Minnesota Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve was so unhappy with the way Maya Moore was playing Friday night in New York that she benched her with five minutes left in the game.
But when Reeve called Moore's name with about a minute to go, Moore delivered by hitting the game-winning 3-pointer with 19 seconds to play.
The Lynx were trailing 72-71 before Moore's go-ahead, game-winning shot, and they won by a score of 78-72.
"I thought she was awful in the stretch when we subbed her out" Reeve said, via WNBA.com. "She didn't have legs and didn't look good. Probably sat her longer than I ordinarily would. I had to resist very strongly not to put her back in because, you know it's Maya Moore. We waited until exactly the right time."
Moore finished with 20 points on 7-of-17 shooting.
As for being benched: "I didn't pout, stayed engaged," said Moore.
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Fresh off the 18th 20-20 game in league history, Sylvia Fowles posted another double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Minnesota also got a great effort off the bench from backup point guard Danielle Robinson, who finished with 13 points, five rebounds and five assists.
Up next, the Lynx continue their road trip Sunday at 2 p.m. against the Washington Mystics.